A change in weather ahead over the weekend
Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather is maintaining stressful conditions for many pastures and immature summer crops. Scattered showers in advance of a cold front are moving into the upper Midwest.
On the Plains, beneficial showers and thunderstorms dot Kansas. However, excessively hot weather persists on the southern Plains, where high temperatures in some locations will again exceed 110°. Elsewhere, a strong cold front is producing showers on the northern Plains, slowing fieldwork but aiding rangeland and pastures.
In the South, widespread showers and thunderstorms are affecting interior portions of the region. Although the rain is too late for Southeastern corn, pastures and immature summer crops continue to benefit from ongoing soil moisture improvements.
In the West, warm, mostly dry weather prevails, although a few showers are returning to the Southwest. The Northwestern winter wheat harvest is advancing under favorable conditions.
A strong cold front currently over the northern Plains will cross the Midwest on Saturday and the Northeast on Sunday and Monday. Locally severe thunderstorms associated with the cold front’s passage may produce 1- to 2-inch rainfall totals from the Dakotas into the Northeast. Parts of the eastern Corn Belt could also receive more than an inch of rain, but the remainder of the Midwest will experience only scattered showers.E
lsewhere, significant rain will be confined to the southern Rockies (locally an inch or more) and the Southeast (as much as 1 to 3 inches).I
n the front’s wake, the northern and central Plains and the Midwest will experience a reprieve from hot weather. Extreme heat will persist, however, in the south-central U.S., and return to the northern and central Plains next week.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall in the Northwest and from the southern Plains into the central Corn Belt will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather from Arizona to the Dakotas and in the Gulf and Atlantic Coast States.